Sagging roof in Mount Gravatt, a Southern suburb of Brisbane.

Inspected by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS.

Considerable sagging to corner of roof (hip) due to insufficient support to part of the roof structure.

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Problem:

Props supporting this under-purlin (horizontal timber member, between the props) are too widely spaced the purlin is also undersize.

Rectification:

This can be rectified by fitting addition props for support, provided they are supported off an internal wall or an appropriate size beam.

Important note:

  • Purlin props must be supported off the internal walls, not the ceiling joists otherwise the ceilings will sag.
  • Alternatively a strut may have to be fitted, with support off the top of the external wall and propped off another nearby wall, if reasonably close by.

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Poor method of construction:

Considerable sagging of hanging beam. This is also causing sagging to the ceiling of the living area below.

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Weight from the roof is causing beam below the purlin props to tilt. The beam requires blocking or bracing to avoid further tilting.

Sagging roof in Mount Gravatt.

Causes:

  • The roof structure being supported off an undersize hanging beam.
  • Undersized binders were also sagging from their span being too great, above a living room.
  • Sagging of the under-purlin (between the props) from props being too widely spaced.

Worth Considering:

In some cases, rather than going to the expense of restructuring the roof, it would be worth considering replacing the roof tiles with metal sheeting.

Benefits:

  • Having a new roof.
  • Choices of color.
  • Metal sheeting has far fewer joints therefore is less likely to leak.
  • Offers the opportunity of fitting insulation below the roof sheeting.
  • Would not require restructuring.
  • In some cases, cheaper than restructuring.

Disadvantages:

  • Can be noisy in heavy rain.
  • More prone to being damaged from hail.
  • Would require more securing of the structure to avoid uplift in a storm.

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